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22 Eerie Shipwrecks Around the World

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Whether it's a ghost town of a theme park, an abandoned place, or an actual ghost town, most of us can't resist the picturesque qualities of neglect. The most recent shipwreck discovery, explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship HMS Endurance off the coast of Antarctica, is amazingly well-preserved after 106 years — but is still plenty spooky. Here are some shipwreck images you might find hard to shake.


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Endurance's final sinking, November 1915
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Antarctica

For 106 years, the wreck of Endurance, a three-masted, 144-foot wooden ship, was considered one of the most famous shipwrecks yet to be discovered — until now. Found in some seriously icy water 10,000 feet below the surface, the boat required an elaborate hunt

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/09/climate/endurance-wreck-found-shackleton.html

 with an icebreaker, undersea drones, and a team of adventurers, marine archaeologists and technicians that cost over $10 million.


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Chernoybl, Ukraine
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Anávyssos, Greece
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Dublin, Ireland
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Red Sea, Egypt
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Skeleton Coast Wilderness, Namibia
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Skeleton Coast Wilderness, Namibia

The fishing boat FV Southwest Seas is little more than a few splintered boards, bleached and battered as it sits on the white sand of the nation's remote western coastline.

Tisnes, Norway
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Tangalooma, Australia
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Tangalooma, Australia

More than a few ship carcasses are dumped here in Tangalooma.


Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands
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Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

The bow of the USS Saratoga can be seen through the murky water. Only scuba divers with technical diving training can explore the wreck.


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Carlisle Bay, Barbados
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Carlisle Bay, Barbados

This shipwreck is easy to examine in the crystal-clear waters of Barbados. A small boat cruises overhead to give it a closer look.


Rayong, Thailand
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Gujarat, India
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Gujarat, India

Wondering how the boat got there? During the summer the area is flooded.

Fraserburgh, Scotland
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Fraserburgh, Scotland

This fishing vessel ran aground near this Scottish port, a disappointing end to a day at sea.

Phillip Island, Australia
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Phillip Island, Australia

The S.S. Speke shipwreck seems almost otherworldly photographed against the rocky shore.

United States
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United States

This abandoned boat took its sad story along with its battered hull to the bottom of the sea. 



Funafuti, Tuvalu
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Funafuti, Tuvalu

An old shipwreck sits in the lagoon in 2019. The world's fourth-smallest country has been battered by climate change, including a 5 millimeter-per-year sea level rise.


Lampedusa, Italy
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Lampedusa, Italy

A Nigerian migrant stands in a "boat graveyard" containing battered ships, many of which were used for migrant crossings from Libya to Italy.

Jingo-Dun, South Korea
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Jingo-Dun, South Korea

Crews try to salvage the Sewol Ferry. It sank in 2014, leaving more than 300 people dead. 

 Larnaca, Cyprus
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Larnaca, Cyprus

Scuba divers take a closer look at the MS Zenobia shipwreck, which sank (some say under mysterious circumstances) on its maiden voyage in 1980.


Wuhan, China
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